The briefing aims to raise awareness amongst councillors of the potential to harness nature in addressing a wide range of local shared socio-economic outcomes through actions in which local authorities can play a significant role. It lists the high-level outcomes as:
Adapting to the impacts of climate change
Reducing carbon emissions and storing carbon safely
Preventing the loss of biodiversity and protecting our natural capital
Improving health and wellbeing and reducing health inequalities
Building stronger and more resilient communities
Nurturing our young people
Supporting a Green Recovery and Just Transition
See below a number of practical ways highlighted in the briefing in which local authorities can act to support nature-based solutions along with links to more information;
Care for nature through managing land and buildings and ensure that biodiversity is protected and enhanced through wildlife-friendly management of parks and greenspaces, pollinator corridors, new woodlands and local nature reserves.
Protect and restore features of biodiversity value such as wetlands, peatlands and floodplains, native woodland habitats, native grasslands, locally rare or threatened species populations, blue carbon habitats, maintain and enhance the biodiversity value of Vacant and Derelict Land.
Work with Community Planning Partnerships, the Community Learning and Development Service and the voluntary sector to facilitate community involvement in protecting and enhancing nature and increasing opportunities for people to benefit from and participate in managing their local environment.